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Comment by Natasha Bowlds on July 21, 2011 at 8:24pm
We do labs every three months as well because of some paperwork/bureaucratic mess that doesn't allow the practice to do a fingerstick. We put the cream on between 45 minutes and an hour before they take blood.
Comment by Serena on July 21, 2011 at 8:08pm
Jessica, we do A1C through a fingerstick every 3 months when we see her endo, and then the thyroid, etc., etc. once a year. Some docs do A1C through a blood draw, but we go to a diabetes center in NYC, and they see a lot of kids -- I guess they figure the results are close enough, and why torture these kid any more than we already have to!
Comment by Jessica05 on July 21, 2011 at 5:14pm
Serena, do you have an A1c at other times aside from the annual blood-letting? We have to do labs every three months, A1C plus a lot of GI stuff, then the annual test include thyroid, etc.
Comment by Serena on July 21, 2011 at 12:14pm
How long ahead of time do you put the cream on? My teen still hates having blood drawn, and it would be great to use for that annual blood-letting!!
Comment by Jessica05 on July 20, 2011 at 7:59pm
@Natasha: I feel the same way! It was never suggested despite her going crazy with fear and pain, at any of the various hospitals/labs, etc.
Thanks, ladies for the great suggestions. I plan to use them in August for her labs. Enjoy the summer! :)
Comment by Natasha Bowlds on July 20, 2011 at 8:36am
When I found out about Emla, and realized I could have had it on all my kids any time blood was drawn I was so upset it was never suggested! And now I insist on on. Yes, we put it on both arms, and then cover it with Tegaderm patches (made for IVs I think, and it's a clear piece of tape that is only sticky on the edges.)
Comment by Jessica05 on July 20, 2011 at 7:54am
Natasha, they have never used numbing cream at any of the labs we've gone to. Question: since she's little, I can never be sure which arm they will use for the blood draw. Do you put emla on both arms?
I also find it matters who does the blood draw. I found one team in the city who were kid-friendly and EA did better with them. But, it's a big hike with at least 3 hours round trip to do the testing, so I've been finding labs that are local. Maybe it's worth it to go back to the lab in the city. I think there should be a lab that specializes in peds in the city. One that's filled with kid-friendly technicians, nurses, bubbles, balloons, kids books, DVDs and lots and lots of stickers when you're done. :) Anyone agree? I would advocate for one, but have no idea how to go about it nor do I have a lot of extra time.
I am going to keep my eye on the family counseling and try to find the time for it...I think it would help and be good for everyone. In the meantime, we're going to our first Diabetic family get-away in September and can't wait!!! Anyone else going?
Comment by sarhow on July 20, 2011 at 5:57am
Yes, we use Emla numbing cream, and it's like magic. His labs have gone from epic to easy. We put it on when we get to the doctor's office for the labs. Our doctor told us not to use it regularly at home however, e.g., for pump site/dexcom changes. But I can't remember why.
Comment by Natasha Bowlds on July 19, 2011 at 11:38am
Do they use any sort of numbing cream? My son insists on Emla, and we use it for his Dexcom insertion at home. It requires a 45 minute wait, so now since we have the prescription at home we put it on ourselves so he doesn't have to give blood before it's fully taken effect.
I've also found that it matters who draws the blood and I insist on a certain nurse when my others get blood drawn at our ped office. At the endo I haven't found anyone with the "magic touch" though so I don't bother requesting anyone. If I find that person I'll definitely start insisting though!
My son was diagnosed with anxiety 2 years before diabetes (although he had high blood sugar then too) and we did counseling. It was a hike and it wasn't convenient - he was six at the time. I am so glad we did though - I think it probably helped me and my husband parent him better - more than it helped him. But in the long run it's the same thing. : )
Comment by Jessica05 on July 14, 2011 at 7:20am
Thank you Hockey Mom. I will check into the smaller butterfly needle, I'm not sure what they are currently using, but I will ask them.

I am so glad your son has found a group of friends who accept him. I want to do family counseling, and our Endo recommended it, but it's weekly, and my husband travels quite a bit internationally. However, I am looking into it and think it will be beneficial for her and her older sister...for all of us!

Take care & blessings to your family. Jessica
 

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